The Chicago Fire began play at the 2016 Simple Invitational hosted by the Portland Timbers on Sunday (Feb. 21) with a preseason friendly vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC. The Fire emerged from an entertaining match with a 3-2 win thanks to a first-half goal by trialist John Goossens and second-half penalty kicks by Gilberto and Kennedy Igboananike. 

Click the video player above for a full archive of the match. 

CHICAGO FIRE (4-2-3-1): Sean Johnson; Michael Harrington, Johan Kappelhof, Joao Meira, Brandon Vincent; Matt Polster, Razvan Cocis, Arturo Alvarez, John Goossens, Joey Calistri; Gilberto

VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC (4-2-3-1): David Ousted; Fraser Aird, Kendall Waston, Christian Dean, Sam Adekugbe; Deybi Flores, Pedro Morales, Christian Techera, Christian Bolanos, Kekuta Manneh; Octavio Rivero


All three of the following matches will stream live on

  • Chicago Fire vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC; Sunday (Feb. 21), 4:30 p.m. CT
  • Chicago Fire vs. Minnesota United FC (NASL); Wednesday (Feb. 24), 7 p.m. CT
  • Chicago Fire vs. Portland Timbers; Saturday (Feb. 27) 7 p.m. CT

Be there for the 2016 Chicago Fire season opener presented by CSN Chicago when the Fire host New York City FC on Sunday, March 6th. Single-game, Group and Season Tickets are now available by visiting the Tickets page at or by calling 888-MLS-FIRE. You can also catch the action live on Comcast SportsNet Chicago with kickoff at 1 p.m. Central.

WATCH: Chicago Fire vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC -